A note from Barbara Coots, Editor of Single Matters: Nate Stevens, speaker and author of Matched 4 Marriage Meant 4 Life: Solving the Mystery of Relationships, encourages singles across the country to take a fresh, scriptural look at matters of the heart. Based on Mark 12:30 —Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength” — Nate’s book examines the 4 aspects of life and relationships: spiritual (heart), intellectual (mind), emotional (soul), and physical (strength). Here is our interview.

Barbara Coots: Nate, can you offer some favorite Scriptures that have guided you in your own parenting?

Nate Stevens: Sure. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” And Proverbs 3:5-6 is also a good one: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Training the child and trusting God—they go hand in hand.

BC: What are some differences in parenting young children versus teenagers and young adults?

NS: Before they reach the age of accountability—before they can fully understand and grasp the consequences and rewards of their actions—young children are reactive, and parents at this stage are more protective. It’s pointless to reason with a three-year-old. When children get a sense of who they are and start understanding the consequences of their choices, we parents can start asserting ourselves more and begin to equip our children for life in the 4 aspects.

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